President Jaafar Nimeiri of Sudan has reiterated his offer to allow the Palestine Liberation Organisation to set up a base in his country.
SV INTERIOR Sudanese delegation seated.
SV President Jaafar Nimeiri speaking (Arabic SOT)
GV EXTERIOR President Nimeiri and General Evren leave airport terminal.
GV Nimeiri shaking hands with Turkish officials.
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Background: President Jaafar Nimeiri of Sudan has reiterated his offer to allow the Palestine Liberation Organisation to set up a base in his country. President Nimeiri made the second offer at Ankara Airport on August 2 before leaving for Istanbul to continue official talks with Turkish leaders. Asked whether the Palestinians would still be welcome in Sudan, Mr. Nimeiri said they were free to come at any time in whatever numbers they wished. Sudan's first offer to house the Palestinian guerrillas trapped in besieged Beirut was made on July 27. President Nimeiri is the first Arab leader to volunteer shelter for the PLO without any conditions. He suggested the Palestinians could use Sudan's capital, Khartoum, as a base for militant action in Africa. The PLO reaction to the offer was muted; spokesman Mahmoud Labadi said the Palestinians had no wish to go to Sudan as they are not Sudanese. On arrival in Istanbul, President Nimeiri held talks with Turkey's Head of State, General Kenan Evren. The two leaders issued a communique demanding Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon and all territories occupied since the 1967 war. Mr. Nimeiri then flew to Bucharest for talks with Romania's President Nicolae Ceaucescu.